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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 16, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Herald-Zeitung — Wednesday, November 16, 2005 FORUM Our Opinion Holiday dinners that feed the soul Helping local Thanksgiving dinner programs feeds mind, body and spirit. T! Ihe hearts of Sam Cholico and Jose Munoz are in the right place. And they and several others like them make sure every year that they back up their sentiments with immeasurable deeds. People such as Cholico at Our Lady of Perpetual Help church and Munoz of the Westside Community Center don’t want anyone to spend Thanksgiving alone. So they toil for days preparing Thanksgiving feasts for those among us who otherwise might not be able to have fellowship — or even a good meal — on one of our country’s most noblest of holidays. “I love watching their faces as they sit and talk to each other,” Cholico said last week. “Yes, we provide a meal, but the most important thing we give is companionship.” “We want people to come out and fellowship with us," Munoz said. “That’s what Thanksgiving is all about.” And, in many ways, that’s the most fulfilling dish served on Thanksgiving. Turkey and dressing fills the body; reaching out to your fellow man fills the soul with so much more. Cholico expects Our Ixidy of Perpetual Help to feed about 1,200 people on Thanksgiving. Munoz expects about 2,000 at Westside Community Center. But such heroic undertakings cannot be accomplished by just two people. Cholico and Munoz depend on volunteers to help make their Thanksgiving meals a success, and they always could use a few more hands. To volunteer donations or help at one of the two Thanksgiving Day community dinners, call Westside Community Center at 830-629-2011, ext. 4; or Our Lady of Perpetual I lelp at 830-625-3534. Helping out these great causes brings out the true meaning of Thanksgiving and brightens to days of volunteers and those whom they serve. It s good food for a good cause, and quite good for the soul. Other Viewpoints Oil industry hearings simply grandstanding The Victoria Advocate on the recent oil industry hearings: The hearings the U.S. Senate Energy and Commerce committees held last week to grill oil industry executives about high profits and high gasoline prices amounted to little more than grandstanding. Blasting the industry may be politically popular for members of both parties looking toward the 2006 midterm congressional election, but this does little more than distract from the ever-more-pressing need for a forward-looking energy policy. LETTERS POLICY ■ Letters must be 250 words or less. ■The Herald-Zeitung reserves the right to edit all submissions. ■ Guest columns should be 500 words or less and must be accompanied by a photo. ■ Address and telephone number must be included so authorship can be confirmed. Mail letters to: Letters to Editor do Herald-Zeitung RO. Drawer 311328 New Braunfels, TX 78131-1328 Fax them to: (830) 606-3413 e-mail them to: [email protected] Herald-Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. New Braunfels Zeitung was founded 1852; New Braunfels Herald was founded 1890. The two papers merged in 1957 and printed in both German and English until 1958. Managing Editor Jeremy Pefford Editor and Publisher Doug Toney Circulation Director Jeff Fowler Advertising Director Neice Bell Business Manager Valerie Shields News Editor David Rupkalvis now to emmet Letters to the Editor Headlines should have reflected true nature of amendment vote On Nov. 9, the morning after the elections, I gathered the papers from my driveway to get the results. The headlines read, “County Voters Approve Gay Marriage Ban” and in the Express-News, “Gay Marriage Ban Rolls.” What is wrong with these headlines? This is not what I voted for. I voted to affirm that a marriage is between one man and one woman. This is a positive statement of what happened. I did not vote against something that was never a right of a particular group of people. Why do our newspapers put a spin on the news as though some people were mistreated? The answer must be “uneducated liberals." I voted to uphold what has been the foundation of civilization since the beginning of history — the family. We do not have to go far to see what can happen if we do not affirm our traditional family values. We can look to our neighbors to the north, Canada. Their liberal judges and government leaders legalized same-sex unions. Today, if someone expressed their opinion against same-sex unions in Canada or reads certain passages from the scriptures of the Christian Bible, the Jewish Torah and, unless I am mistaken, the Muslim Koran, they could be jailed or sued. We can look to some of our Scandinavian neighbors such as the Netherlands, whose government last month allowed a union of two women and one man. The voters of Comal County voted by over 80 percent to uphold traditional marriage and affirm the family. Make your headlines read what over 80 percent of your customers did on Tuesday; “County Voters Overwhelmingly Uphold Traditional Marriage.” Rodger Johnson New Braunfels Muhammad Ali doesn’t deserve Medal of Freedom honor I read Nov. IO where Cassius M. Clay was given the Medal of Freedom by our president. The same man who refused to fight for this country changed his name to Muhammad Ali. I don’t know who advises this president, but I take offense. On Nov. 11, Veterans Day, I remember all my dead buddies who also believed in their religion and were men of peace. Victor Campos New Braunfels ‘Annie’ comic strip should not have been dropped from H-Z The Nov. 11 paper stated that the comic “Annie" had been dropped. I am 76 years old and have watched Annie most of my life. Why was it dropped? It would be sad to learn that comics that appeal to adults and seniors are no longer welcome. Jack Moore New Braunfels Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, Nov. 16, the 320th day of 2005. There are 45 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 16, 1864, Union Gen. William T. Sherman and his troops began their “March to the Sea” during the Civil War. On this date: In 1776, British troops captured Fort Washington during the American Revolution. In 1907, Oklahoma became the 46th state. In 1959, the Rodgers and I lammerstein musical “The Sound of Music” opened on Broadway. In 1961,1 louse Speaker Samuel Rayburn died in Bonham, having served as speaker since 1940 except for two terms. In 1973, Skylab 3, carrying a crew of three astronauts, was launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on an 84-day mission. In 1982, an agreement was announced in the 57th day of a strike by National Football League players. United States Government PRESIDENT ■ George W. Bush 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500 SENATE ■ Kay Bailey Hutchison Russell Senate Office Building Room 284 Washington, D.C. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224-5922 Fax: (202) 224-0776 Web: (Send e-mails through Web site.) SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 145 Duncan Drive, Suite 120 San Antonio 78226 Telephone: (210) 340-2885 Fax: (210) 349-6753 ■ John Cornyn Russell Senate-Hart Room 517 Washington, D.C. 20510 Telephone: (202) 224-2934 Fax: (202) 228-2856 Web: (Send e-mails through Web site.) AUSTIN OFFICE: 221 West Sixth St., Suite 1530 Austin 78701 Telephone: (512) 469-6034 Fax: (512) 469-6020 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 600 Navarro, Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone: (210) 224-7485 Fax: (210) 224-8569 CONGRESSMAN ■ Lamar Smith Rayburn House Office Building Room 2184 Washington, D.C. 20515 Telephone: (202) 225-4236 Fax: (202) 225-8628 Web address: (Send e-mails through Web site.) SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 1100 NE Loop 410, Suite 640 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 821-5024 Fax: (210) 821-5947 ■ Henry Cuellar 1404 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Telephone: (202) 225-1640 Fax: (202) 225-1641 Web address: SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 1149 E. Commerce St., Suite 210 San Antonio 78205 Telephone: (210) 271-2851 Fax: (210) 277-6671 HOW TO CONTACT Texas Government Hiiiiiiiiiiin GOVERNOR ■ Rick Perry State Capitol, Room 2S.1 RO. Box 12428 Austin 78711 Telephone: (800) 843-5789 Fax: (512) 463-1849 STATE HOUSE ■ Carter Casteel 254 E. Mill St. New Braunfels 78130 Telephone: (830) 627-0215 E-mail address: carter.casteel @ STATE SENATE ■ Jeff Wentworth 1250 NE Loop 410, Suite 720 San Antonio 78209 Telephone: (210) 826-7800 WHILE IN AUSTIN: Telephone: (512)463-0125 E-mail address: [email protected] ■ Judith Zaffirini P.O. Box 627 Laredo 78042-0627 SAN ANTONIO OFFICE: 12702Toepperwein Road #214 San Antonio 78233 Telephone: (210) 657-0095 Fax: (210) 657-0262Bush administration rediscovers that best defense is an aggressive offense munity’s judgments related to Iraq’s weapons programs.” Tile president said the stakes in the global war on terror are too high “and the national interest is too important for politicians to throw out false charges.” I Ie said too many of his critics are “deeply irresponsible" and sending the wrong signal to America’s enemy and to U.S. troops. Democrats reacted immediately, accusing the president of using Veterans Day to politicize the war. What have they been doing the other 364 days of the year, if not trying to undermine the war effort by playing politics and contributing to disunity, thus encouraging the enemy? In his speech to the Federalist Society on Nov. IO, Rove gave a brief history of the consequences of judicial activism and how it has violated the separation of powers clause of the Constitution and contributed to disrespect for the courts and the law. I Ie noted the changes to the courts that were made in Texas when citizens realized their will and constitution were being frustrated because of “millions of dollars from a handful of wealthy personal injury trial lawyers” that were “poured into (Texas) Supreme Court races to shift the philosophical direction of the court.” He noted the court “earned the reputation as ‘the best court that money could buy.’” Alabama, he said, faced a similar situation when die state legislature passed tort-reform legislation in 1987. “I lowever,” noted Rove, “activist judges on the trial lawyer-friendly state Supreme Court struck it down, prompting a period of‘jackpot justice’ through the mid - 1990s, where the median punitive damage award in Alabama reached $250,000 — three times the national average. lime magazine labeled Alabama‘tort hell. ” At the federal level, Rove cited a few recent rulings — the 9th Circuit Court's declaration that “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional and the dismissal by a federal judge of a 10-count indictment against hardcore pornographers on grounds that the federal obscenity law violated the pornogra-pher’s right to privacy, “despite the fact that popularly elected representatives in Congress had passed the obscenity laws and that the pornographers distributed materials with simulations where women were raped and killed.” What these two speeches have in common is their aggressive tone. Before demagoguery became the primary product of contemporary politics, we once saw more politicians battling it out with the opposition instead of the namby-pamby, feelgood approach that is as palatable as cold oatmeal. Why haven’t we heard more of this rhetoric from the administration instead of the unattainable objective of “changing the tone in Washington?” The Bush and Rove speeches should signal a new battle strategy for the administration. Here’s something else that would help: Expose more Americans to the gratitude of the Iraqi people. Visit The Web page features Kurds thanking America. Why have their voices not been heard on news broadcasts and in major newspapers? It’s time to play hardball with the left, and this would be a good first pitch. Offense wins football games and wars. It also shapes public opinion. Stack this political offense with more of the type of rhetoric used last week by President Bush and Karl Rove. Last week, President Bush and Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove, in speeches one day apart, appeared to have rediscovered an ingredient the absence of which has contributed to the administration’s falling poll numbers: offense. In a Veterans Day speech in Tobyhanna, Pa., President Bush took on the critics who have said he lied about intelligence to justify deposing Saddam I lussein. While acknowledging it is “perfectly legitimate” to criticize his conduct of the war, the president said, "Some Democrats and anti-war critics are claiming we manipulated the intelligence and misled the American people about why we went to war. These critics are fully aware that a bipartisan Senate investigation found no evidence of political pressure to change the intelligence com- CALTHOMAS Cal Thomas is a columnist for Tribune Media Services International. He hosts "After Hours" on Fox News Channel Saturdays at ll p.rn. EST. Direct all mail for Cal Thomas to: Tribune Media Services, 435 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 1500, Chicago. 60611, or leave an e-mail at www. cal tho mas. com. ;